This is so wrong on so many levels…

…You know, it’s one thing to lose an election when you’re out-spent. It’s a whole ‘nother thing entirely when you’re out-spent with your own money. I’ve long suspected that Fulton County taxpayers’ dollars were spent for political purposes regarding whether South Fulton should be a city, but today, I received the smoking gun. Today, I received an e-mail with two attachments showing copies of checks cut by Fulton County Government to pay for an advertising proposal along with a round of radio ads advocating the defeat of the City of South Fulton. For those of you wanting some background information dealing with what I’m talking about, read “$85,500 of mis-used Fulton County funds?” or better yet, just look at the proposal for the “You Have A Third Option: Broadcast Media Campaign” (PDF File).

The following two checks were issued by Fulton County to A.) pay for the cost of generating the proposal ($5,000), and B.) pay for the radio spots ($4,000):

I am…words cannot describe my emotions right now. This is just…yeah.

12 comments

  1. Rpolitic says:

    Good luck with the ethics board they don’t even know who you should charge. Seems to be a kangaroo court. Maybe you should try the attorney general directly.

  2. CobbGOPer says:

    I guess that means FuCo taxpayers will also be footing the bill for John Eaves’ next negative commercial telling the African-American community that Republicans are trying to kill them.

  3. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    you need proof? This is why I moved to Cobb. Good luck though, you’ve definitely got a smoking gun.

  4. SouthFultonGuy says:

    Andre,

    Nice byline and great investigative efforts, but I am sorry I cannot reach the same conclusion as you YET on this “evidence”.

    The invoice you produce says the proposal is for the “three options campaign”. If the radio campaign is like the flyer on Edwards

  5. Andre Walker says:

    You know, a member of the state ethics commission stated the “you have three options” flyer crossed the line into advocacy and another said that he felt a violation occured, but wasn’t sure who committed the violation. Regarding the PAC, look at the address at the bottom of the proposal check, then look up the address for South Fulton Unincorporated. They’re the same.

  6. SouthFultonGuy says:

    Andre,

    So if the Ethics Commission dismissed a case based on the same rhetoric and did not cite Edwards what’s your point about this $9,000?

    More importantly what ties Bill Edwards to South Fulton Unincorporated? Where is the linkage?

    I did some brief research and found that the name on that corporation’s registration with the Secretary of State is Jennifer Pasley:

    http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/Corp.asp?1363313

    On the Ethics Campaign site the other name is John Eaton:

    http://www.ethics.ga.gov/Reports/Campaign/Campaign_CanNonCan_Information.aspx?FilerID=NC2007000565

  7. Andre Walker says:

    First, I disagree with your characterization of this ethics complaint, which is still a live issue, as “rhetoric”.

    Two members of the State Ethics Commission (Rpolitic can vouch for this as someone who was in attendance at the Nov. 29th hearing) stated that they felt a violation occurred, but they weren’t sure who the violator was.

    Was it county commission who authorized the expenditure of funds through its adoption of the annual budget?

    Was it the county manager, finance director, and tax commissioner who collaborated with Bill Edwards to produce the flyer?

    The Ethics Commission’s question was not on whether a violation occurred. They believe it did. Their question is on who committed the violation. That’s why they dismissed the complaint against Edwards; because they thought the complaint was filed against the wrong person, and as I write this, the Ethics Commission’s staff is researching who the complaint should be filed against, and may “probable cause” it under their own authority.

    My point concerning the $5,000 in expenditures for a proposal entitled “You Have A Third Option” and the $4,000 paid for “radio spots” is the county spent the money of Fulton County taxpayers towards a political advertising campaign.

    The proposal was solicited by Bill Edwards and was put together by “J & J Entertainment”. J & J Entertainment has the same address as the “South Fulton Unincorporated” campaign committee; 6750 Tell Rd., Fairburn, Georgia 30213. And, if you look on page three of the “You Have A Third Option: Broadcast Media Campaign” linked above, you’ll find the name of Jennifer Pasley listed as the contact person for the radio ad spots (on behalf of Fulton County Government, I might add).

    Jennifer Pasley is also listed as Chair of the South Fulton Unincorporated campaign committee.

    I’ll also point out that there isn’t a single campaign finance disclosure posted for “South Fulton Unincorporated”.

    You want ties to Bill Edwards and South Fulton Unincorporated?

    There they are in black and white.

    Now everyone here knows Bill Edwards is a crook, but you keep insisting on defending him. Why?

  8. Andre Walker says:

    South Fulton Guy,

    I’m glad you characterize this as a “personal crusade” because you’re right. It is a personal crusade. It’s a personal crusade because my money, your money, and the money of the several hundred thousand Fulton County taxpayers was used inappropriately to affect the outcome of an election.

    I’m pretty sure that you would not like Hillary Clinton using your tax dollars to wage her campaign for president, and if evidence surfaced that suggested that she was doing as much, you and an entire legion of Republican operatives and activists would jump all over it raising all kids of holy hell.

    The fact is, South Fulton Guy, is that you’re willing to turn a blind eye to obvious corruption and mis-use of funds because the illegal activities supported your position. That’s cool. I mean a “W” is a “W” right? Who cares if you got that notch in the win column by hook and crook.

    Well, obviously, I care or else I wouldn’t be pursuing this with such intensity. Now, South Fulton Guy, I see you saying “put up or shut up”…well, my mother has an old saying that was passed down to her by her grandmother…

    …I can show you better than I can tell you.

  9. SouthFultonGuy says:

    Say he spend $85,500 like you contend and there are 300,000 Fulton County taxpayers. That’s 28 cents each – ooooh the humanity and moral outrage….

    Hillary has many more skelatons in her closet – let’s take a trip down memory lane, to revisit a sampling of why so many of us came to think that Hillary’s first instinct when in an embarrassing spot is to lie.

    Travelgate. The first Clinton scandal after Bill became president started in May 1993, when Chief of Staff Mack McLarty fired the seven employees in the White House office that arranges travel for the press corps. The White House cited gross financial mismanagement. (The charge was never substantiated.) The sudden firings created a media uproar, especially when the dismissed employees were quickly replaced by friends and relatives of the Clintons.

    Hillary later told the General Accounting Office, in a document prepared by her attorney, that she had no role in the decision to fire the employees, did not know the “origin of the decision,” and “did not direct that any action be taken by anyone” other than keeping her informed.

    But her statements were contradicted by evidence, including a long-concealed memo to McLarty and a written chronology prepared by White House aide David Watkins that came to light years later. Hillary, Watkins wrote, had said that “we need those people out and we need our people in” and had made it clear that “there would be hell to pay” unless she got “immediate action.” Another aide wrote that Hillary intimate Susan Thomases had said, “Hillary wants these people fired.”

    While saying that no provable crime had been committed, Robert Ray, who had succeeded Kenneth Starr as independent counsel, reported in October 2000 that Hillary’s statements had been “factually false” and that there was “overwhelming evidence that she in fact did have a role in the decision to fire the employees.”

    Cattle futures. The New York Times revealed in March 1994 that in 1978, just before her husband became governor, Hillary had made a $100,000 profit on a $1,000 investment in highly speculative cattle-futures contracts in only nine months. Hillary’s first explanation (through aides) of this extraordinary windfall was that she had made the investment after “reading The Wall Street Journal” and placed all the trades herself after seeking advice from “numerous people.” It was so preposterous that she soon had to abandon it. Eventually, she had to admit that longtime Clinton friend James Blair had executed 30 of her 32 trades directly with an Arkansas broker.

    In an April 1994 press conference, Hillary denied knowing of “any favorable treatment” by Blair. But the astronomical odds against any financial novice making a 10,000 percent profit without the game being rigged led many to believe that Blair, the outside counsel to Arkansas-based poultry giant Tyson Foods, must have put only profitable trades in Hillary’s account and absorbed her losses. The heavily regulated Tyson needed friends in high places, and Bill Clinton helped it pass a 1983 state law raising weight limits on chicken trucks.

    Removal of Vince Foster documents. During the same press conference, Hillary was asked why her then-chief of staff, Maggie Williams, had been involved in removing documents from the office of Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster after his suicide. Foster had been a partner of Hillary’s at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Ark. “I don’t know that she did remove any documents,” Hillary said. But it was reported three months later that Hillary had instructed Williams to remove the Foster documents to the White House residence. Then they were turned over to Clinton attorney Bob Barnett.

    Castle Grande. In the summer of 1995, the Resolution Trust Corp. reported that Hillary had been one of 11 Rose Law Firm lawyers who had done work in the mid-1980s on an Arkansas real estate development, widely known as Castle Grande, promoted by James McDougal and Seth Ward. McDougal headed a troubled thrift, Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan, and had given Hillary legal business as a favor to Bill. McDougal and his wife, Susan, were the Clintons’ partners in their Whitewater real estate investment. Ward was father-in-law to Webb Hubbell, another former Rose Law Firm partner, who was briefly Clinton’s associate attorney general in 1993. Later, Hubbell went to prison for fraud, as did James McDougal.

    Castle Grande was a sewer of sham transactions, some used to funnel cash into Madison Guaranty. Castle Grande’s ultimate collapse contributed to that of the thrift, which cost taxpayers millions. Hillary told federal investigators that she knew nothing about Castle Grande. When it turned out that more than 30 of her 60 hours of legal work for Madison Guaranty involved Castle Grande, she said she had known the project under a different name. A 1996 Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. report said that she had drafted documents that Castle Grande used to “deceive federal bank examiners.”

    Prosecutors later came to believe that Hillary had padded her bills; she “wasn’t guilty of [knowingly] facilitating nefarious transactions — she was guilty of doing less work than she took credit for,” Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. explain in their 2007 biography, Her Way. Hillary herself never took refuge in this explanation.

    Billing records. Hillary’s billing records for Castle Grande were in a 116-page, 5-inch-thick computer printout that came to light under mysterious circumstances on January 4, 1996 — 19 months after Starr’s investigators had subpoenaed it and amid prosecutorial pressure on Clinton aides who had been strikingly forgetful. For most of that time, Hillary claimed that the billing records had vanished. But a longtime Hillary assistant named Carolyn Huber later admitted coming across the printout in August 1995 on a table in a storage area next to Hillary’s office; Huber said she had put it into a box in her own office, without realizing for five more months that these were the subpoenaed billing records.

    This implausible tale, on top of other deceptions, prompted New York Times columnist William Safire to write on January 8, 1996, that “our first lady … is a congenital liar.”

  10. Andre, stay the course and don’t waste an ounce of energy on SouthFultonGuy, he’s only trying to advance his concept that “it’s okay for elected officials to steal a little, as long as they are the elected officials that he supports.”
    That mindset has got to be rooted out if we are going to turn this big ship around before the drought ends.

    “The Ethics Commission

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